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A monthly celebration of books, reading and writing brought to you by Virago Press, the international publisher of books by women.

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A monthly celebration of books, reading and writing brought to you by Virago Press, the international publisher of books by women.

    Take a Bite of the Apple with Lennie Goodings

    Take a Bite of the Apple with Lennie Goodings

    In this episode of the Virago podcast editor Ailah Ahmed talks to Lennie Goodings about her book A Bite of the Apple - part memoir, part history of Virago Press and part thoughts on more than forty years of feminist publishing.


    Tune-in for Lennie Goodings, stay for the stories about Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood and a life in publishing. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 31 min
    Virago Celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month

    Virago Celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month

    Join us as we celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month!


    This month Virago editor, Rose Tomaszewska, is joined by Eleanor Crewes, author of The Times I Knew I Was Gay. Tune in for a wonderful discussion around their favourite books by queer authors or that deal with queer themes, including Daphne du Maurier, Shirley Jackson, Sarah Waters and more... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 21 min
    VIRAGO LIVE: Virago Speakeasy: On Witches at Pages Cheshire St.

    VIRAGO LIVE: Virago Speakeasy: On Witches at Pages Cheshire St.

    Ahead of our second Virago Speakeasy, we are delighted to share a live recording of our inaugural Speakeasy event at Pages Cheshire Street: On Witches.


    At this event Virago editor Rose Tomaszewska chatted to Shahrukh Husain, author of The Virago Book of Witches, and Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock about the transgressive place of witches in literature, society, history and contemporary politics. Listen to the end for a chilling reading from The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Virago Modern Classics editor Donna Coonan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 tim. 13 min
    Virago's 2020 Reading Recommendations

    Virago's 2020 Reading Recommendations

    Get inspired for 2020 with some reading recommendations from the Virago team.


    A few members of the Virago team got together to discuss our reading recommendations and resolutions for the new decade! With titles like Big Friendship, The Street and How Much of These Hills is Gold, among others, our TBR stacks are growing ever taller. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 21 min
    Get Equal with Carrie Gracie

    Get Equal with Carrie Gracie

    In honour of Equal Pay Day 2019, we welcome Carrie Gracie to the podcast. In this episode Carrie discusses her experience fighting for equal pay and her book, Equal, with Chair of Virago Press, Lennie Goodings.


    In January 2018, Gracie left her post as the BBC's China editor, following a career at the BBC that spanned more than three decades, in protest at unequal pay, publishing an open letter to BBC audiences and giving evidence before a parliamentary committee. Six months later, she won an apology from the BBC. She donated all her back pay to the gender equality charity, the Fawcett Society, to help low-paid women facing pay discrimination. She continues to serve as a BBC News presenter, and as a member of the 'BBC Women' group, she campaigns for a more equal, fair and transparent pay structure at the national broadcaster. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 28 min
    Between the Stops with Sandi Toksvig

    Between the Stops with Sandi Toksvig

    Take a ride atop the Number 12 bus with national treasure, Sandi Toksvig.


    In this episode Chair of Virago Press Lennie Goodings chats with the one and only Sandi Toksvig about her long-awaited memoir, Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus. Well known for her television and radio work as a broadcaster, writer, activist and comic on stage, screen and radio, Sandi Toksvig also writes for theatre and television: her film The Man starred Stephen Fry and Zoe Wanamaker and her play Bully Boy starring Anthony Andrews opened the St James Theatre in 2012. In 2016 Sandi took over as chair on QI and in 2017 she started presenting The Great British Bake Off.


    Between the Stops is A funny and moving trip through memories, musings and the many delights on the Number 12 route, Between the Stops is also an inspiration to us all to get off our phones, look up and to talk to each other because as Sandi says: 'some of the greatest trips lie on our own doorstep'. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 32 min

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